Hindi ako naniniwalang naisasalin ang karangalan. Iginagalang ko ang ama dahil sa karangalang tinamo ng anak at hindi ang anak dahil sa karangalang tinamo ng ama. Hayaang magdusa o magantimpalaan ang bawat isa batay sa kanyang ginawa at hindi dahil sa ginawa ng iba.
- Pilosopo Tasyo, Noli Me Tangere, Jose Rizal
The following is my translation...
I do not believe that honor is (passed/handed down/transferred). I respect the father for the honor gained by his son but not the son for the honor gained by his father. Let each one suffer or be rewarded for what he has done and not for what others did.
Do you agree with this? I do. Because what the father achieves is his own, but what the son achieves, in some way, reflects what the father did, in the way he raised his son.
Happy Father's Day to all fathers. And Happy 150th Birthday, Dr. Jose Rizal.
[Note: The Filipino translation is from my high school textbook -- Ang Noli Me Tangere ni Jose Rizal: Isang Interpretasyon, by Batnag, Flores, & Romero.]